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“Impressive Artefacts, not so much about Galileo” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science

Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science
Piazza dei Giudici 1, 50122 Florence, Italy
0039 055 265 311
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Ranked #59 of 414 things to do in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Housed in an old palace that was restored in the mid-1800s, this science museum houses an impressive collection of scientific instruments dating from the 13th century.
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“Impressive Artefacts, not so much about Galileo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

For me it was a really nice diversion in Florence. It is a small museum, not crowded at all, right next to the Uffizi Gallery. It contains a lot of historic scientific instruments of all genres, from several hundred years back. It is a truly impressive collection spread over three floors.

But, I had expected more about the life of Galileo, and his importance in the scientific world. Now it is more scientific artefacts connected to science in generally. There is some multimedia explanation in different languages, but lot of the artefacts is unexplained.

At the end is a section with interactive scientific and educational games for children (and adults as well). Still I liked the Museum.

Visited September 2012
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“Away From The Usual Sights”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Having been to Firenze in the past, we were looking for something different, and this place exceeded our expectations. With both medical and scientific backgrounds, we were absolutely enchanted with the exhibits and abundant accompanying written/video explanations. The various 3-dimensional, 17th century models of babies in the birth canals was exquisite, as were all of the scientific apparati. In addition to the vast amount of art elsewhere in the city, this museum also teaches us about the Renaissance of science.

Visited September 2012
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“Worth a trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

Very well laid out displays, the animations really brought the science to life.

Photos are allowed, just no flash photos. If you are into science or history, I can't imagine you being bored by the experience.

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“Not the best museum”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

I found this museum to be rather lacking. It's not that it was terrible, just not really worth the nine euros to get into.

Good:
Their interactive displays were top notch. I think they were very cool, well done and even great for kids.
Signage is in well translated English and they have Galileo's fingers if you are into that kind of thing.

Bad:
Nothing was really "wow". As much as I love science it really is just a museum of old scientific instruments. There is nothing that makes this place stand out and it comparable to a museum of half its admission price. Indeed had I spent half the price to get in I might be more OK with this place.
Also they don't allow photos? I actually don't remember that as no one said anything to me and I got several... but if they don't that is lame.

Bottom line:
Too expensive for what it is. Not enough astronomy and time could be better spent in a city as awesome as Florence

Visited July 2012
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“Wonderful interactive museum - great for kids!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

My boyfriend and I visited the Museo Galileo in August 2012. We spent about 3 hours there, more time than at ANY other attraction, including the Vatican. This museum has so many interactive displays that teach scientific principles in such an entertaining fashion. We watched almost all of the videos which were terrific. And, it was completely uncrowded (we went mid-morning). It has lots of old machines, collections of old barometers, thermometers, telescopes and navigation tools. The special display in August was optical illusions which I really liked. There were celestial and terrestrial globes, clocks, tools of measurement, anatomical and pharmaceutical displays and perspective aberrations. Super museum!

Visited August 2012
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